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February 15, 2016

SMYS Safe Staffing on the Road to DC!

By | Advocacy, Healthcare Policy, Workplace Safety | 9 Comments

As you may know, we have joined forces with two other nursing organizations for the Rally For National Nurse-To-Patient Ratios on May 12, 2016 in Washington DC.  Let me tell you what this means and what it does not mean:

  • SMYS Road trip! We are going! 
  • Janie Garner is a speaker.
  • We are encouraging all nursing organizations and unions to join us. We would like for them to encourage their members to attend.  If they do not, it will be because they do not wish to unite with us in this way, not because we did not want them involved.  We want to work with all organizations who have a goal of safe staffing for all!
  • We feel that all nurses, regardless of level of practice deserve to practice safely. Just because these particular bills do not mention Long Term Care does not mean we are not committed to staffing ratios in Long Term Care.  It will be done at the state level.  See ongoing discussions in SMYS for Change. <–click
  • We need RN’s, LPN’s, CNA’s APN’s, etc to attend.  Nursing students are ESPECIALLY WELCOME .  
  • We will have a special event t-shirt, or you can wear your SMYS one.
  • Bring your Stethoscope!
  • nursesuniteWe need you, your friends, your friend’s friends, your coworkers, your local nursing students, etc to support this event.  I need to know if you are interested in going.  Soon.  Like this week. 
  • Also, we plan on an SMYS Lunch or Dinner while we are there.  Probably at a park with Pizza or something.  We are not fancy.  Also, we don’t have tons of money so it isn’t going to be a fancy place.  🙂

Time to put your money where your mouth is, SMYS.  You in?

 

Love,

 

Janie

 

 

 

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Criminally Dangerous Understaffing – blame the nurse

By | Advocacy, Healthcare Policy, Nursing | 9 Comments

An LPN left her job in LTC last week due to unsafe staffing. I am sure this does not surprise you.  However, read on.

  • She was scheduled overnight shift 11-7 as the only nurse for the entire facility
  • There were only two CNA’s and in excess of 75 residents. I am not telling you the exact number so it is not identifying info.

The facility consisted of the following units:safe staffing

  • A locked down behavioral unit
  • A locked down memory care unit
  • and TWO skilled nursing halls
  • She addressed the staffing issue with the DON and ADON and was told she would have to help the aides with their work and make sure she still got all of her work done as well.
  • She left because this was a risk to her license and her emotional health. Since quitting she has found out the DON reported her to the state for shift abandonment.
  • She reported off to another nurse who was on the preceding shift and agreed to stay, and did not abandon her shift.

She won’t talk to me publically.  I cannot even tell you what state she is in.  Because she is terrified of being blackballed and losing her license.  

And Chris Christie VETOED a bill for safe LTC Staffing in New Jersey. (<—click there to read about it)  Like the owners of these facilities don’t need to be regulated.  Like they can even be trusted to pay their employees without state regulation.  Like they would even provide a Nurse and 2 CNA’s if they could even possibly get away with one untrained staff member they could pay minimum wage. 

Want to hear my theory? I bet the Director Of Nursing was told that she MUST report this nurse to the Board of Nursing to keep her job.  She knew how bad that staffing level was.  Nurses do not wish for patients to be neglected.  I-think-ones-feelings-waste-themselves-in-words-Florence-Nightingale-quotes

When are you getting on board with us to help change these dangerous practices? Click HERE to join SMYS For Change and become part of the solution.  Your Grandmother may be the next resident of that LTC facility.  Or your uncle who is afflicted with schizophrenia. How good do you think the care is? How can you even hold your head up if you do not get behind your profession to change these egregious practices?

 

Love,

Janie

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